Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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Morse GRO

by GAFBlizzard - Compo Entry

WARNING, DIFFICULT TIMING GAME. Consider the post-compo version (I commented out one line) if you want to play through, but of course base your ratings on the original. I made the timing too difficult. :P

The GRO (Garden Research Overseer) initiative sounded so tempting. The pay was good, and you love gardens.
Unfortunately, they neglected to mention that you would not personally be visiting the garden.
Instead, it's off in space somewhere.

The orientation was light on details, but you did catch one thing --
the only way you can take care of the garden is by using a low-bandwidth remote link.

A very low-bandwidth link. So low that Morse code is the only option.

Before running for the door, your manager mumbled something about, "Supply space is pretty tight" and, "You may have to order more".
Your only hope is to raise all the garden plants to full growth. Only then, the contract said, can you go home.

F - Left button (or click with the mouse)
J - Right button (or click with the mouse)

The left button switches modes.
The right button enters Morse code. There is no penalty for having "dashes" that are too long.

In "Garden" mode (on the left), you can use supplies to feed plants.
Enter the matching letter to pick a supply, then enter the matching letter to pick a plant.

In "Order" mode (on the right), you can order more supplies.
Enter the matching letter combination to order supplies.

Morse code chart on Wikipedia:

Hold left button 5 seconds to restart in hard mode (all letters + numbers)
Hold left button 5 seconds to restart back in easy mode (A-H only).
Hold right button 5 seconds to restart in the current mode.

I ran out of time and did not put in music, sorry about that. I was able to finish most everything else though. I hope you enjoy playing it!

I had one huge lesson learned: Trying to do gapless MP3 looping is A HUGE PAIN. I probably wasted 4-5 hours on that alone. I finally had to do the most painful method, referenced here:</a>

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Jordan says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:23am

Cool little game! I like the story behind it,

Verrazano says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:23am

I think this game was actually pretty good. It was quite difficult and I got stuck trying to order water. But I really liked the theme, concept was good and storyline cheeky!

SvenFrankson says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:44am

Nice work ! Thanks

jerry111zhang says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:54am

Great concept! A little too difficult however

prymidion says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:04am

Pretty unique concept here! Teaching morse code in a game is neat-- educational!

Eshford says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:49am

Really awesome dude!

jackyjjc says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:55am

It is an interesting idea and the graphics is great. The game is a little different though I kept not being able to enter the dashes.

sitronTe says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:08am

Pretty nice. And difficult.

Conk says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:10pm

Very good! I feel like I even learnt a bit of Morse code! I like how the codes are randomized, but my first time I got CC for water restocking, that took me like, 3 minutes to do correct, but it was good practice! Very good use of theme too.

GAFBlizzard says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:23pm

I just put up a post-compo version that comments out one line to make it eaiser: Now, the ordering combination waits forever so you don't have to time the space between letters. Sorry it was so difficult!

MaulUdder says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:04pm

Because you insist on judging on the original version (a somewhat fair point) I deducted 2* from Fun. Timing in between letters was very difficult for me. Now with the wait it becomes playable and I actually have some flowers to maintain :).
Nice story and I think this could be required fun for those learning Morse. Possible stuff for easy/(normal?/)hard differences (or options): the waiting in between letters and not changing codes for the products.

. - phone home, will never forget!

Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:42am

Nice looking game... if only I could play it. I'm just not fast enough to get the required Morse code. Even the 'post-compo easy' version was difficult :(

timeshapers says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:45am

Excellent game. Tough as hell, but excellent.

TomenLuca says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:49am

Quite difficult, but a very interesting concept. All in all very innovative.

Goutye says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:04pm

Great game! Really enjoy the retro graphics and sound. First time I was experiencing the Morse language so, a bit though. Difficult but I grew at least one!

Darkflint says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:00pm

Interesting concept, but really hard...couldnt complete one morse code

tompudding says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:06pm

Woohoo another morse game. It exciting trying to keep on top of everything and remember the morse at the same time, I thought the timing in the default game was fine, but then two people have told me my game is unplayably hard :|

GAFBlizzard says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:09pm

@tompudding I know the feeling. I checked and beat the hardest version of mine on the first try, but I know I made the game way too hard for people who aren't familiar with it. Sorry everyone!

h.attila says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:44am

Really great, unique idea, too bad the game is this hard. Fun nostalgic LCD graphics, though.

IAmSpencer says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:21pm

very interesting gameplay mechanic, it felt kind of cool having to switch tabs to the wiki chart before entering a command, almost like I was actually at the job, and I was having to look at the manual haha.

I liked the whole idea behind this, and with a little more polish I can see it being a fun little game, excellent work! :)

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 6:21am

omg i won the game - nice work

GAFBlizzard says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 8:19am

@SP0CkEr2 nice work! I only know one other person besides you who did. :P

Zanzlanz says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 3:32am

First of all, yes it's super stressful. If this was my job, I would like to be paid pretty well, haha ;)

But this is a REALLY good concept, and it's executed really well. I would love to see a full game like this, because I feel like there's a lot of room for amazing gameplay with this concept. The important part would be to give the player breaks, so they're not rushing during the whole gameplay.

Great work!

dylanwolf says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 6:09pm

It was tough to keep up, but I felt like I was getting the hang of it enough to start a few plants off.

I think my biggest problem is the rhythm and pauses--even with the post-compo version it's hard to learn that from the written codes.

WolfkingW says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 1:27am

I found your game to be a quick yet involved challenge. It required me to focus on multiple issues all at once, such as typing in morse code to order water for my insatiable plants. Overall, I really enjoyed the direction you took the theme in! It was a clever, challenging game, and I think the art matched well with the game itself (after all, you're using an old fashioned morse-based machine). Nice job!

amras0000 says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 9:58pm

The concept is really good and the detection of lines vs dots could be worse, but the game kept resetting my letter. The timing even on the post-compo version is incredibly precise, not just in terms of how long to hold a dash for, but just in getting all the symbols in before the game arbitrarily decided that my ..-. is actually a ..- and an E. I couldn't finish the game before I got too frustrated to keep going.
Given the low-bandwidth premise and the space aesthetic, I think sending 0's and 1's using the two buttons would've worked much better than trying to work with the morse timing.

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